A Wellsville firefighter who arrived at the scene of a possible structure fire Monday night called for additional resources when he arrived and saw flames shooting through the roof of an outbuilding.

“It is just a good thing for Mutual Aid,” said Wellsville Fire Chief Jerald Leishman. “It is good to know that help is there, and if it wasn’t for that we would be in big trouble.”

The fire in a large shop at 735 S. 300 West was reported to dispatchers at about 6:43 p.m. According to scanner traffic, firefighters had the flames knocked down in under 30 minutes but remained on scene for two more hours making sure there were no hot spots.

While many communities have their own fire departments, they have all entered into an agreement to help each other out, pooling their resources together to minimize damage and put fires out as quickly as possible.

On Monday, firefighters from Logan, Hyrum, Paradise and Cache County were automatically dispatched to the scene as soon as the fire was upgraded to a working structure fire. The Wellsville fire was the second of two fires reported Monday evening within a 90-minute period.

The first incident was also called in as a possible structure fire at 70 E. Center St. in Hyde Park. The occupants of the home reported smoke coming from the cabinets near the sides of a wood-burning stove. Firefighters found fire hidden in the walls and were able to put it out before it spread throughout the house.

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Amy Macavinta is the crime reporter for The Herald Journal. She can be reached at amacavinta@hjnews.com.